There’s a million and one self help books out there – but not so many written specifically for men. And it makes sense for such a book to target the specific sex, because we all know that men and women deal with things in a different manner.
So, guys, if you’re looking for a self-help book that’ll talk directly to you as a male, then check out this list of nine of the very best ones out there…
1. Men’s Search for Meaning – by Viktor E. Frankl
In Men’s Search for Meaning, Frankl uses his own experiences in Nazi labor camps to discuss how we (and guys in particular) cope with extreme challenge, learn acceptance, and eventually discover how to overcome the scars they leave.
This is a true bestseller, having sold over 10 million copies and been translated into 24 different languages. If you’re looking for a book that’ll truly assist you in your journey to being the best you possible, then this really is a must-read.
2. Man Up! – by Paul O’Donnell
It can be tough, being a guy in the 21st century. The boundaries have certainly changed over the years – and perhaps changed faster over the past couple of decades than at any time in history. This has given guys a whole heap of problems unique to simply ‘being a guy!).
In Man Up! there’s real and valid advice to 367 of these issues. From girls to gaming, personal grooming to social etiquette, if you want to know how to best function in the crazy world we live in, then give this book a go.
3. 48 Laws of Power – by Robert Greene
48 Laws of Power is a New York Times bestseller and has been described by People Magazine as fascinating and beguiling. Using the past 3,000 years of history, Greene has determined the history of power and translated this into 48 essential laws.
Now, why this might not – at first – seem to be a regular self help book, what it brings to light is the need to understand power. Whether you crave it or want to defeat it, the first rule is actually understanding it. A fascinating read…
4. The Master Key System – by Charles F. Haarnel
Presented in a series of 24 lessons, Haarnel’s Master Key System uses logic and common sense to understand and become a powerhouse in virtually any situation. From health to finance, relationships to family, this is the very system that inspired Bill Gates to start up Microsoft. And if that’s not a fantastic endorsement, then we don’t know what is!
5. Meditations on First Philosophy – by Rene Descartes
Not sure that a book on meditation can help you? Well think again… Because Descartes classic, Mediations on First Philosophy, will give you an insights into how to truly push the boundaries about how well you know yourself. And in today’s crazy 24/7 lifestyle, the benefits of having a few moments peace every day are massively advantageous to both your mental and physical health.
6. The Jungle – by Upton Sinclair
Upton Sinclair’s, The Jungle, might not be your classic self-help book, but what this 1906 work does is give you an insight into the attributes necessary to overcome incredible challenges. The story of a Slavic family who immigrates to the US, you’ll discover exactly the kind of mindset that can help win in the journey of life.
Haunting yet uplifting, Sinclair’s story will make you reassess your values, and help you draw on your own inner strengths to reach your personal goals.
7. Backbone: The Modern Man’s Ultimate Guide – by David H. Wagner
Backbone is the work of transformational teacher and spiritual guide, David H. Wagner, and is a truly stand out self help guide that debunks the theory that to get on in today’s world a guy needs to ‘get in touch with his feminine side’.
Straight talking, the book shows you that for real success and happiness, a man needs to work with his masculinity – not against it. If you’re looking for a book that really does speak to the heart of a man, then this is the one for you.
8. Beyond Anger: A Guide for Men – by Thomas J. Harbin
Anger is an emotion we all feel. And in general, men deal with this in a totally different way to women. If you’re looking for a book that will help you with anger issues, then psychologist, Harbin, uses in-depth research and proven methods to help you first understand why you feel this way, and then shows you how to deal with it.
Filled with simple exercises designed specifically for men, this powerful book really can help you on the journey of anger management.
9. The Man in the Mirror – by Patrick Morley
The Man in the Mirror was published in 1989, and has since won the prestigious Gold Medallion Award by Christianity Today, and been on their best seller list no fewer than 18 times! And with good reason, because this book has helped countless guys deal with the 24 most common problems men face in our modern times.
A truly powerful book – and is suitable for men of all faiths (or even without a faith), as it offers a pragmatic approach to life, and the challenges we all face, with real insight into how to become a better person.